Weston Eidson's Silver Ghost is an approachable Napa Valley Cabernet that is built for aging but doesn’t require it. The fruit comes exclusively from highly regarded sites.
About the Winery
Especially when it comes to Napa Cabernet, it’s hard to find wines that offer both pedigree and value. Winemaker Weston Eidson has accomplished that rare feat with his Silver Ghost Napa Cabernet a wine that demonstrates inside and out his devotion to quality, great taste, and entrepreneurial talent. Perhaps it runs in the family: with the name “Silver Ghost”, Weston pays tribute to his great grandfather, British Lord John Montagu, who helped to launch the 1909 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce. Weston’s twist on this family history? While not everyone can drive a Rolls, Weston's Silver Ghost Cab is accessibly priced.
Weston grew up around fine wine; his family valued its presence in get-togethers and celebrations. While in the UK attending graduate school in International Political Economy, he traveled the globe visiting as many wine regions as he could from Chile and South Africa to Bordeaux and the Veneto. A pivotal moment came during his visit to the famous Trimbach Estate in Alsace with Jean Trimbach himself. While walking its vineyards near the ancient village of Ribeauvillé, Eidson was struck by how wine lies at the intersection of tradition and innovation as well as imagination and restraint. That moment proved indelible.
Weston's travels soon took him to Napa and as they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. During his trip, he met Jason Moore of Modus Operandi and was invited to work the 2012 harvest under Jason’s guidance. Weston proved a natural, quickly becoming adept at identifying ideal ripeness at harvest, tasting nuances in a wine's progression of fermentation levels, and distinguishing the implications of different aging regimens. He also gained conviction about making wine with minimal intervention: allow the fruit to make beautiful wine, naturally reflecting distinctive terroir. Weston soon developed relationships with veterans of Napa and Sonoma, including the Bacigalupi's and Steve Matthiasson.
With access to some of Napa's most esteemed talent and the best vineyards, he embarked on his vision to produce Silver Ghost. With quality and balance as his goal, Weston sources fruit for Silver Ghost from some of the finest vineyards in Napa, combining lush valley floor fruit with high elevation grapes that lend structure to the wine.
In the winery, Weston ferments 25% of the fruit in the barrel to soften tannins a practice common among higher-priced Cabernets such as those from Colgin, Harlan, and Calluna, and the other 75% in stainless steel to retain the purity of fruit.
Aging: 24 months in French Oak, 50% new
Tasting Notes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Silver Ghost is a full-bodied and richly expressive Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards. Dark in color with a vibrant nose of blueberries, violets, and crème de cassis the palate reveals lush red and blue fruits, mocha, and dark spice. The luxurious texture and depth continue through the long finish.
This red is ripe and spicy on the nose with notes of blueberries and cassis, licorice, vanilla, and coffee. Full-bodied and rich with ripe, mellow fruit. The round tannins turn firm at the end. Savory aftertaste. Better after 2023. ~92 James Suckling
The 2019 Cabernet Franc is plush, succulent, and quite inviting. Raspberry jam, spice, menthol, and mocha are all kicked up. This is a pretty exuberant style of Franc, and yet there is good varietal character in the wine's underlying energy. Pretty floral notes perk up the vibrant finish. ~92 Vinous Media
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